Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Jogged and walked 1.1 miles

Because I haven't been for a run in a couple of weeks, I only went 1.1 miles, and I walked more than I jogged. I'm still using 90 seconds jogging and 70 seconds walking. Today was a warm day, and I took off my windbreaker and tied it around my waist.

The ulcer on my left leg isn't completely healed, but it is much better. I can walk without much pain, and I feel pretty good.

Tomorrow and Friday are forecast to be cooler days of rain and snow.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Not running for a few days

I've curtailed my running for a few days, due to a large "blister", or ulcer, on my left leg. The ulcer is, more or less, a square about 2 inches on a side in which the skin has been removed, leaving the bare skin underneath. It is quite painful when I walk, although the pain seems to be subsiding. I don't know why the skin has been removed on the ulcer. It might be due to the compression stockings I've been wearing, and I've temporarily removed them for a few days.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Completed my medium run

I completed my medium run, but the total run was 1 hour 65 minutes instead of 1 hour 50 minutes. I went to the bench that is 0.3 miles south of 106th South and was right on schedule for a 1 hour 50 minute run. However, I was slower going back, causing the total run to be 15 minutes longer than I had expected. I was getting tired when I reached the bench and turned around, and I walked a lot on the way back and took extra rest breaks. Each break was short, about 20 - 30 seconds, but they add up to increased time....

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Bone cancer

Based on the scan last week, I do have what appears to be bone cancer, and I will undergo a biopsy for prostate cancer on  April 13, followed by treatment for the cancer. Also, my PSA is over 300 instead of the normal 6. Rather than give me radiation and chemo, the Urologist is going to block my testosterone in the hope of reducing the growth of the cancer. I've  felt no pain so far, and I'm glad for that. The Urologist pressed on various parts of my skeleton, and I felt no pain. So, my goal to turn 100 and still be running is intact, so far.

Tomorrow and the day after will be warmer than today, and I'm looking forward to my medium run!

Monday, March 26, 2018

Did a rest run of 1 hour (2.0 miles)

I went out running about 2 pm. We had had a lot of sun during the morning, and I assumed there would be a lot of sun during my run. However, the sky became cloudy, and it looked like rain would occur. There was a gusty wind of 10-15 mph coming from the north, and I had my wind breaker on to help avoid the effect of the wind. Since this was a north wind, I had a tail wind on the way to 106th South (it was nice to have the wind "push" me, but it was a head wind on the way back, and, even though I wore 4 layers, I was cold. The temperature was in the mid 40s (F), but the wind chill was lower than that. However, during the last half-mile of my run, there was a lot of sun, for which I was grateful. I had left my gloves in my car, and my hands, during the last half of the run, were cold; I placed my hands in my jacket pockets during the walking phase of my run.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Did a medium run of 1.5 hours (2.2 miles)

I've decided I should change to time rather than distance for determining the length of my runs. I like to go by distance when the distance is small and by time when the distance gets longer. The advantage of going by time rather than distance is if I feel fine I might go faster and get more distance in the time allocated. If I feel tired, I might go slower and get less distance in the time allocated, but I do my allotted time in either case.

My goals now are as follows.
  1. Monday/Tuesday: Rest run of 1 hour
  2. Wednesday/Thursday: Medium run of 1.5 hours
  3. Friday/Saturday: Long run of 2.0 hours
That will give me 4.5 hours of running weekly, corresponding to 6 or 7 miles of running. Instead of cycling between heavy and light runs, I am choosing and limiting the length of the runs on a weekly basis. I am still running 3 times per week.

The times listed above are are pretty close to the times I've been running, although in the past I've gone by distance and used the heavy/light rotation of runs.

I did my 1.5 hours, but I felt tired during the run. Not quite as tired as I was on Monday but still tired. I reached the bench which is 0.3 miles south of 106th South. There was a gusty headwind of 20-25 mph blowing from the south, and this wind made it difficult to go very fast on the way out. It was nice, though, to have the wind as a tailwind on the way back. Quite a few people were on the path today, especially cyclists. The temperature was in the mid 50s (F). I wore my nylon wind breaker (jacket) which protected me from the wind, although I took it off for the last quarter mile because I was getting too warm. After I got back home, I dozed in my car for half an hour before I went in the house.

Tomorrow and Friday I will be in the hospital in Riverton getting scanned for Prostate cancer. Then I will be back on the trail on Saturday, hopefully.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Did 3.5 miles for another heavy run

I was tired during my run and considered aborting the run at a shorter distance. However, I took more rest breaks during the return to my car and walked more during the return, and I finally made it back to my car. I only had three layers on because I expected the temperature to be in the mid 50s (F), and I left my gloves in the car. When the sun was out, it was nice, but when the sun was behind clouds, it was cold.

I had a banana for breakfast and two boiled eggs for lunch, and I took a nap before I left about 2:00 pm for my run. I thought I was ready for the run, but my performance shows I was not ready. It would have been better to reduce my run to 1.5 or 2.0 miles and get more rest. Oh well, I did take a short nap when I reached my garage; I dozed off while I was sitting in my car. I had more to eat for supper to help me recover from the run. Today, I guess, was an example of me getting old and not having the strength and endurance that I had when I was younger.

The water under 106th South is mostly gone.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Did 2.6 miles for a light workout.

I went to the bench, in the midst of trees, that is 0.3 miles from 106th South. Not many people were on the path, since today is a work day. There were only two cars in the parking lot at 100th South when I entered the lot, but when I left the lot there were quite a few cars in the lot. There was a 10-15 MPH gusty wind blowing from the south that made it more difficult to go south, but it was nice on the way back to have a tail-wind. I felt pretty good during my run. I currently am going 3.5 miles on my heavy runs and 2.6 miles on my light runs. I need to repeat these distances a few times to get used to them. There was a lot of sun during my run, and the sun felt good.

There was a lot of water, from recent rains, under 106th South. I waded through the water. The water was deeper than previous water, and my feet got wet but quickly dried out when I was on the dry path again, although my socks were still wet when I took them off later in the day; I didn't have any abrasions from the wet socks. I've waded through large puddles before with no problems occurring. My socks are synthetic and don't absorb a lot of moisture. Cotton socks would soak in more water and probably would rub on my feet and cause blisters.

There is rain and snow forecast for tomorrow, so I went out today.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Added a bit and did 3.5 miles for my heavy run

I was on, about noon, the Jordan River Parkway path going south. I added a bit and reached and passed the parking lot and play ground at the East Pavilion, for a total distance of 3.5 miles. My next goal is the pedestrian bridge across the Jordan River at 114 South, about 3/4 mile south of the East Pavilion. There are several benches and two fishing ponds before the bridge, and these will make good turn-around points. I felt pretty good during my run, but I will need to do this heavy run several times before I am used to this distance.

Today was a warm day. The temperature today was in the low to mid 60s (F). There were quite a few people on the path, both runners/walkers and cyclists.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Another sunny and warm day

I spent a good part of the day cutting limbs off of a dying tree due to fire-blight infection, and I was too tired to go running. It was a great day, though, to be outside, even if I was doing difficult yard work.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Sunny and warm today

The temperature today is in the mid 50s (F). A nice, warm day that is melting the snow. Almost of the snow along the Parkway is melted.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Did a light run of 2.3 miles

I went to the Jordan River Parkway in the late afternoon and went on my usual south route for a light run of 2.3 miles. I was surprised to see the dry path under 106th South. That is a lot of water that evaporated. I saw a few others on the path, but there weren't many at this late hour. Most of my run was after the sun was down, and I was running in the dusk. It was almost dark when I reached my car. I felt good during my run. The temperature was in the low to mid 40s (F).

Monday, March 5, 2018

Did a heavy run of 2.9 miles

My wife and I went to the Jordan River Parkway in  the early afternoon, and I went 2.9 miles. I felt pretty good during the run.Today was a warm day, the temperature being in the low 40s (F). There was a lot of sun. The big puddle of water under 106th South has increased in size. I had to wade through about 20 feet of water. The path under 106th South is slightly slanted to the east, and I walked through the puddle on the west side of the path; hence the water was not very deep. I didn't see many runners and walkers on the path, and there were only a couple of cars, besides my own car, in the parking lot. On the way back, I saw two runners who looked to be of high school age. They were probably from the cross country team at Bingham High School. All in all, it was a nice day to be outside. On the way back, I stopped for a minute at the various benches, and it was nice to sit and soak in the sun.

In another week or so, I should be at the parking lot at the East Pavilion.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Did a light run of 2.3 miles

I jogged and walked my usual southern route, beginning at 100th South, for a total distance of 2.3 miles. There was gusty south wind of 10-15 mph, but the wind died down on my way back. The sky was cloudy for most of the time, but the temperature was in the mid to high 40s (F). The puddle of water under 106th South was smaller, but I still had about 10 feet of water to wade through, but the water was not as deep as it was last week. There were several walkers and runners on the path, but not many cars in the parking lot, indicting the people either lived close by or they parked at the East Pavilion or further south.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Did a heavy run of 2.6 miles

The snow that was predicted for last night never came. Today was a warm day, in the low 40s (F), and I jogged/walked to the bench that is about 0.3 miles south of 106th South. The ice that was under 106th South was all melted, but there was a big puddle of water under the street. I bypassed most of the water by walking along the west side of the tunnel, but I did go through about 10 feet of water. The water wasn't deep, and my feet stayed dry.

On the way back, I talked with a man who was taking his daughter's dog out for a walk. He is 70 years old and goes about 5 miles twice a week. I told him he was still a youngster. He said that compared to me, he was a youngster. I saw several other runners and walkers on the path. Except for the part under 106th South, the path was dry, and there was no wind blowing. A great day to be out!

I had my beeper with me, and I added a bit of time to the jogging phase. I'm now doing 105 seconds jogging and 70 seconds walking, alternating. I felt pretty good during the run.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Still another light run of 2.0 miles

I left in mid afternoon for my run, and the air temperature during my run was in the low 40s (F). There was still quite a lot of ice under 106th South, so I made this a 2.0 mile run and went back to my car. The path was free from ice and snow, and the path was dry except for snow-melt along the edges. There was a south wind, about 10 mph. Snow flurries are forecast for tonight.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Another light run of 2.0 miles

I had planned on running and walking a heavy run of 2.9 miles, but the tunnel under 106th South had a lot of ice on the path, so I turned around and went back to my car. Also, a south wind of about 5-10 mph was blowing, making it hard to go further south. The path was dry, and the only water on the path was a small amount of snow-melt along the edges of the path. More snow flurries are predicted for tonight, Sunday night, and Tuesday night, with highs in the mid 30s (F). The temperature during my run today was in the low 30s.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Did another light run of 2.3 miles

I left home in the late afternoon (spent most of the day doing income tax return), and the temperature was in the low 50s (F). There was a 15-20 mph gusty wind blowing, and the wind made running and walking difficult. It was nice, though, on the way back to have the wind pushing me. The sun was out most of the day.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Did another 2.9 mile heavy run/walk

I'm still using the 110 steps running and 70 steps walking, corresponding to 90 seconds running and 70 seconds walking. The temperature during my run was in the mid 50s (F). I saw a couple of cyclists, and one or two runners and a couple of walkers on the path. Since it is a work day, most of the younger people were at work, and just us oldies were on the path this afternoon.

The following picture was taken from the web.



Happy Valentine Day!

Monday, February 12, 2018

Added a bit and did a light run of 2.3 miles

When I left home, the temperature was 41 (F), and the sky was cloudy. However, the sun came out during my run, and the temperature when I finished was in the high 40s. I enjoyed myself and felt pretty good during the run. I saw several runners on the path, and I also saw two men with dogs walking the dirt road that parallels the asphalt path. In addition, I saw two or three cyclists. A 5-10 mph south wind was blowing, and I was glad to have a gentle push on the way back. In addition to the 0.1 miles added to the run, I increased the steps during my walking phase to 70. That is, the actual number of steps was 140, but I only count when my left foot hits the ground.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Another heavy run of 2.9 miles

When I first got up from my night's sleep, there was a light snow falling, but it had stopped before I started my run. When I started my run, (using my usual south-bound route) the temperature was in the high 30s (F). By half way through my run, the clouds disappeared and the temperature was warmer (mid 40s). The snow was melted when I ran, and the path, though wet, was not a problem. I saw quite a few runners and walkers on the path. There was a 5 mph north wind, and this made running more difficult on the way back. I felt better during this run, indicating I'm starting to get used to the new distance. I used my new running:walking ratio of 110 steps:60 steps throughout my run.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

I added a bit of distance and did a light run of 2.2 miles

The temperature during my run was in the mid 40s (F), and I enjoyed being out. I continued with my new running and walking phases, doing 110 steps of running and 60 steps of walking, or about 88 seconds of running and 60 seconds of walking. I saw quite a few walkers with their dogs, and, strangely, they were all on the dirt road that parallels the Parkway path. The dirt road is slightly softer than the asphalt path, and I guess the walkers didn't have the more expensive shoes to cushion against the impact of their feet and the asphalt path. I do all my running on the path, and my wife does all her walking on the dirt road. My shoes do a good job of cushioning my feet.

I took my nylon running jacket off on my way back, because I was starting to sweat. However, as soon as I stopped doing my stretches after my run, I put the jacket back on while walking to my car. My body didn't create much heat while walking to my car, and I felt the cold. The wind was still blowing, and my nylon jacket acted as a good wind-breaker.

People following this blog will realize that all of my 44 years of running have been with relatively small increases in distance or speed. This is the major reason I have been relatively free of injuries during the 44 years. I try to give my body sufficient time and rest to recover from a stressful run. Today was about a 4% increase in distance. I used to do 10% increases, but as I get older I'm doing smaller increases. I'm also running heavy and light runs to give my body more time for recovery.

Today is a new high for the month in my solar-power generation. The longer days and lack of clouds are showing up in more solar power

The following picture was taken from the web but shows what the sky was like today. A nice, Spring day, although trees and bushes haven't gone green yet.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Did another heavy run of 2.9 miles

The temperature was in the mid 50s (F) during my run. I got tired on the way back but made it. On my way back, I added 10 steps to my running phase; this amounts to about 8 seconds. The tiredness was not from the addition of 10 steps; it was due to the increase of distance before I was used to the lower distance.

It is nice to get to the end of my run and to do a few stretches before entering my car and driving home.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Added a bit and did a light run of 2.2 miles

The temperature was in the mid 40s (F) during my run. I continued with the 110 steps of running and 60 steps of walking, and I enjoyed my run. There was a slight south wind, and I was glad on the way back that the wind was pushing me.

Note: I found this entry in my Draft folder, and I'm not sure of the date of this entry. I've given it a date of 2/3/2018 to show that my light runs are increased a bit.

Did another light run of about 2.1 miles

The temperature was in the mid 50s (F) during my run, and it was like Spring, only a few weeks early. We are, though, expecting rain and possibly snow on Monday. A lot of walkers were on the path with their dogs and young children in bicycle carts. A few runners and skaters were on the path, too. I felt pretty good during my jog and walk. I'm still using the 80 seconds/60 seconds ratio that I've been using for quite a while. The 80 seconds pertains to jogging, and the 60 seconds pertains to walking. Actually, I count steps of my left foot, 100 steps running and 60 steps walking. I've adjusted the number of steps to give the 80 seconds and 60 seconds that I quote in this blog.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Added a bit and did a heavy run of 2.9 miles

Using my usual route, I ran and walked to the bench that is at the south end of the large curve to the right that is just south of the bench that is 0.3 miles south of the tunnel under 106th South. The temperature was in the high 40s (F), and I felt fine during the run, although I took a lot of short rest breaks on the way back. Some of the breaks were sitting on benches and some were standing and leaning on the wooden rail that lines the path. I will need to do this distance several times before I add more to my distance. There is a bench not far from the East Pavilion, and that bench might make a good place to turnaround when I do add more to my distance. If I stop at that bench, my next stop will be the water fountain at the East Pavilion.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Did a light run of 2.1 miles

I ran and walked my usual route in mid afternoon. The temperature during my run was in the low 50s (F). The power generated by my solar cells set a new high for this month. The snow has mostly melted, and quite a few runners, walkers, and cyclists were on the path. The walkers were mostly persons with dogs.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Did another 2.75 heavy run/walk

I jogged and walked my usual route in the late afternoon. The temperature was in the low 40s (F). There were quite a few people on the path; most of them were walkers and their dogs. I ate some food about an hour before I left home, and I didn't feel well during the first part of the run. However, I felt fine during the latter part of the run and enjoyed myself. I wore 3 layers on my main body and two layers on my legs, and I felt fine as far as temperature goes.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Did a light run of 2.1 miles

Today was a cloudy day, although the temperature was in the low 40s. I ran my usual route, going south from 100th South. There was a 10 mph south wind blowing, and that wind made it seem colder than the actual temperature. There were a number of people walking dogs, and a few runners on the path. I also saw 3 trucks from South Jordan City; the workers were clearing brush from the edges of the path. I got pretty tired and stopped several times for short breaks (1 minute) on the way back. I also did extra walking on the way back. I was on the trail at noon, and I hadn't had any breakfast or lunch, thus reducing the energy I had for running. We're supposed to have more snow tonight, and the cloudy weather probably means snow is on its way.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Did a heavy run of about 2.75 miles (added a bit from the last heavy run)

I left home in the late afternoon, and the temperature was about 32 (F). The path, going south from 100th South) was plowed, and most of the path was dry. The only ice on the path was in shady spots. I enjoyed my run and added a bit, going south from the bench that has been my turnaround point during the past couple of weeks to the big turn to the right; I stopped and turned around at a green reforest sign that is a couple of hundred yards north (before) of the bench in the middle of the big turn. It will take me a couple of weeks, but I soon will be at the trail head at the East Pavilion.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

No run today

We had about a foot of snow during the night, and a light snow fell much of the day. I decided to skip my run today and to have this past week be a rest week. It wasn't much of a rest, though, because I was outside for a couple of hours, shoveling my driveway and sidewalks. A man and his son came by and helped me shovel snow. I appreciated their stopping to help. Another man stopped his car and offered to help, as I was doing my neighbor's sidewalk. I thanked him for his offer of help and explained that I was almost finished with my shoveling. We shook hands, and he drove away.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Did another light run/walk

I did 2.0 miles in mid-day. The temperature was in the low 50s (F), and it was warm and nice. I saw a lot of walkers and dogs on the path. Interestingly, the dogs were mostly small dogs with short legs. One man had let his dog run free, but when the man saw me, he put his leash on the dog. I took several short rest breaks on the way back, because I felt tired. I didn't have much for breakfast, and I lacked energy for the distance.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Did another heavy run of 2.6 miles

I just returned from a 2.6 mile jog and walk. The temperature during my run was about 34 (F), and my four layers kept me nice and warm. There was no wind during my run. I left home after the sun had set but before it was dark. By the time I had run 1/2 mile, it was dark. I saw one runner and two cyclists on the path. All three had bright LED lights turned on. I got back about 7 pm.

I like to run without lights, because I can see the path better. There are buildings with lights on about 1/4 mile away, so it isn't difficult to see the path. No motorized vehicles are allowed on the path, so there is no likelihood that I will get run over due to the darkness. Well, I guess there is a slight chance I might be hit by cyclists, but they usually have lights on their bikes and can see me. I can tell they are coming due to their lights shining on the path, and I make sure I'm on the edge of the path while they pass by. The same goes for other runners and walkers. When it is dark, I usually run in the middle of the path where the probability of pot holes is low and I have more room to maneuver in the darkness.

The following picture of darkness was taken from the web. The picture shows what nighttime running is all about.


Saturday, January 13, 2018

Did another light run/walk of 2.0 miles

My wife and I went to the Jordan River Parkway in the late afternoon. The temperature was in the mid 40s (F), and there was lots of sun. Quite a few people were on the path. I wore four layers on my upper body, and I started getting too warm before the end of the run; I should have word three layers. If I were younger and went faster, two layers would have been sufficient.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Did another 2.6 miles heavy run

The air temperature was 41 (F) during our run and walk. It was sprinkling rain when we left home. After about a half-hour, the rain stopped, and by the time I got back to the parking lot, the sun had come out. There were several walkers and runners on the path. I went to the bench south of the 106th South bridge, for a round trip of 2.6 miles. Judy walked her usual 2.0 miles. She is faster than I am, and she has to wait for me; she brought a book to read while she was waiting.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Did a light run of 1.9 miles

Rain was forecast for late afternoon and this evening, so Judy and I went jogging and walking about 1 pm, going south from 100th South. The sky was partially cloudy when we left home (the temperature was in the mid 30s (F)) but was overcast when we returned home. I didn't see other runners on the path, and I only saw a couple of walkers.

It's 5 pm now, and the rain hasn't started yet.

During the morning, I took the vacuum pump apart that is used with our freeze-dryer and cleaned the insides of the pump. The small window, that is used to measure the amount of oil in the pump, was cloudy and obscured the level of oil in the pump, and I sprayed the inside of the window and wiggled the pump cover to clean the window. I cleaned the dirty oil from inside the pump, and I put the pump together and put the correct amount of filtered oil in the pump. The pump is now ready for use, and I'm waiting until Judy has prepared the food to be freeze-dried. It takes about 24-30 hours for a batch of food to be processed, and high electric usage happens during that time.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Did another heavy run

I ran and walked for 2.6 miles today. It was sprinkling when I left home, and the light rain continued during my run. The temperature was 31 (F) when I left home. I wasn't sure how well my nylon windbreaker would keep me dry, so I put on another shirt to absorb any water that made it through the windbreaker. When I got home, I removed the windbreaker and felt the running shirt that I had been wearing to absorb moisture. The long sleeves of the shirt seemed dry, but the shirt around the collar seemed a bit damp. It's been a couple of years since I sprayed Silicone on my windbreaker, and I think I need to spray the jacket and my running pants again.

I saw two other runners on the path today. As I expected, there were no other runners, walkers, skaters, or cyclists on the path. Instead of being hard-core about their exercise, those folks who were not on the path today seem to be fair-weather folks, enjoying being out when it is dry but staying inside during rain storms. I think today was a great day for being outside. I wore enough layers to be warm during my run, and I protected myself from the rain by wearing a windbreaker and a hat. The secret of success is wearing what is needed for the conditions that exist.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Did a light run and added a bit for 1.8 miles

Judy and I went out in mid-day when the temperature was in the high 30s (F). I wore three layers and was warm, although the sun felt good. I ate 2 fried eggs just before I left, so my breathing wasn't the greatest, but I felt fine during the run, except I took a couple of short breaks on the way back.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Did a heavy run of 2.6 miles

In the late afternoon, Judy and I drove to the parking lot at 100th South, and I did 2.6 miles, adding a bit to my heavy run. I went to the bench that is 0.3 miles south of 106th South. The temperature when we left home was 40 (F), and it was 32 when we returned. I took no breaks during my run, and I will need several occurrences of this distance to get used to it. I wore four layers on my body and two layers on my legs. I wore my light running gloves, but my fingers still were cold. The rest of my body was fine, though. I saw several runners and walkers on the path and one skater. I was back at my car just before it became dark. When I was younger, my fingers would warm up after 1 1/2 miles, but they stayed cold during the last half of this run. I guess my blood circulation is not as good in my old body as it was when I was younger.

One runner, whom I have never met, called me by my first name when he passed me, and I think he has been reading this blog.

South Jordan City has a glass recycling bin at the parking lot, and my wife put several empty bottles in the bin, bottles that had held Martinelli non-alcoholic fruit juice. My grandkids who visited my home during the Christmas holidays drank the juice. My wife and I drank water.